Shift Beers with Kuchnia and Keller’s Aaron Clemins

There were certain chefs who immediately came to mind when I started thinking about Shift Beers. Aaron Clemins was one of these people. Aaron has a passion for craft beer and fine dining that is unsurpassed in Nashville. Aaron was hired as City House’s first employee almost 10 years ago and remained at Beard award winner Tandy Wilson’s right hand as executive sous chef ever since.  Aaron recently left City House to open his own restaurant with Fresh Hospitality in Germantown.  The highly anticipated Kuchnia and Keller is slated to open in early Fall. Here’s how Aaron described his new restaurant to Tennessee Maltz:

“Kuchnia & Keller is a bar and restaurant at 1300 3rd Ave N in Germantown. Opening at the end of summer, the food is Eastern European inspired. The name comes from Polish and German words for “kitchen” and “cellar,” respectively. Having grown up in Wisconsin, I wanted to open a place that reflected my roots as well as my adopted home in the south. We will celebrate the great drinking culture of the Midwest as well as Nashville’s amazing beer scene. Craft beer and cocktails will be the main focus of the bar along with wine from eastern Europe, Italy and the U.S.”

Aaron was thrilled to participate, so I asked the same Shift Beer questions that Tony Galzin and Karl Worley answered:

  1. What is your most memorable beer experience?
  2. What is your desert island beer?

Aaron was very candid and, frankly, I love both of his answers:

“This might not be P. C. nowadays, but I promise this was normal…

Growing up in Wisconsin, everyone I knew or was related to had a bar in their basement. We were not allowed to drink as kids, but we certainly did bring a lot of beers to adults. When I was about 10 years old, I was doing the usual task of bringing my dad a beer (which involved, going downstairs and pouring it from our kegerator). I remember bringing it up and then for the first time I asked him if I could try his beer. He seemed a little surprised, and I remember all my uncles who were standing around started to laugh. “Oh sure, he said, “go for it.”

So I took my first sip of that “Champagne of Beers” and immediately (I’m sure with a classically horrible face) spit it right back out and said, “that’s gross! Why do you guys drink this stuff so much?”. Of course, everyone was cracking up and my dad just said, “you will understand when you’re older”. And he was right.

Desert Island Beer:

This is about as difficult a decision as a beer nerd can make. I’m going with Serendipity from New Glarus Brewery. Low alcohol, sweet, tart, fruity. From the great state of WI. Doesn’t need to be ice cold either. Awesome for lounging beachside.”

Don’t miss Kuchnia and Keller when it opens later this year. I’m sure it will quickly become #ITcity’s newest hotspot and will be a fantastic place to have a beer.  Tennessee Maltz will keep you updated on K&K’s opening date as it approaches. Cheers!

AC

Photo by Christen Clemins

Blackberry Farm Brewery Can Launch at Martin’s BBQ Downtown

Since starting production in 2011, IMG_20170704_171729_179[8413]Maryville’s Blackberry Farm Brewery has continually impressed with their corked and caged bottles. From fruited sours to Brett saisons, BFB’s 375 and 750 mL bottles are fantastic at home or in restaurants, but these formats haven’t been conducive to the outdoor lifestyle that so many Tennesseans hold dear.  Fans of BFB can now rejoice, as the brewery releases three new canned beers next week. BFB and Ajax Turner are hosting a launch party at Martin’s BBQ’s massive downtown outpost (410 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201) on Monday and you’re invited. From 6-10 PM, the BFB team will be offering their first canned beers: Coyote Tactics IPA, TN Times Pilsner, and Screaming Cock Pale Ale. All three are available in beautiful 12 oz cans designed by artists who are friends of the Farm.

“Much like the beers, we wanted each label to have its own personality,” said Roy Milner, Blackberry Farm Brewery’s Chief Fermentation Officer. “Working with artists familiar with Blackberry Farm’s culture ties this project closer to the people that we interact with on the Farm. We want the cans to feel more youthful, bold, and in the moment. These new beers are meant to inspire recreating, connecting, and enjoying yourself and an active lifestyle.”

Blackberry Farm Brewery has partnered with St. Louis, MO’s Brew Hub to brew BFB’s canned beers at Brew Hub’s sprawling Lakeland, FL brewery.  Brew Hub was founded in 2012 and is already brewing with craft beer heavy hitters such as Decorah, IA’s Toppling Goliath and Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing. Brew Hub plans to have 5 regional breweries to serve smaller breweries across the country.

“We’re incredibly happy to be working alongside the team at Brew Hub to begin offering our new can line of beers. Their dedication to quality and attention to detail are second-to-none, and reflect the same passion and care that have been the foundation of our own brewing program since day one. It’s a natural fit and an exciting new chapter for our brewery,” said Roy.

Tennessee Maltz was lucky enough to drink these beers throughout the 4th of July holiday and they all lived up to what one would expect from BFB. I can’t wait to get these cans out on the river or to a tailgate. In the meantime, come drink (or keyhole) a few with me on Monday. Just the thought of pairing these great beers with Martin’s delectable smoked meats already has my mouth watering.

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4th of July Beer Fest at Little Harpeth Brewing

Still need plans for July 4th, but don’t want to brave the crowds downtown? Kwas and the crew at Little Harpeth (30 Oldham St, Nashville, TN 37213) have just what you’re looking for.  Little Harpeth’s east bank brewery offers a fantastic vantage point of one of the greatest fireworks show in the country. With easy interstate access and tons of free parking (at the brewery and across the street at Crosspoint Church), Little Harpeth might be the perfect downtown July 4th spot.  This year, Little Harpeth is asking $30 for admission, which includes all the LHB beer that you can handle responsibly and music from DJ Ben Spinks. Admission for those under 21 is $15.  Food trucks A Little Italian, Twisted Thai, and Skip’s Links will all be on-site, as well. Whatever you do, have a safe and awesome 4th of July!

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Angel’s Envy Barrel Aged Yazoo Rarity at Sinema – Tonight

Be sure to swing by Sinema (2600 8th Ave S Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37204) on your way home from work this afternoon to taste Afternoon Envy, their collaboration with Angel’s Envy and Yazoo Brewing.  Brandon Jones brewed a 5% ABV brown ale for aging in a freshly emptied Angel’s Envy port/bourbon barrel. Brandon described the beer as: “A sessionable bourbon barrel aged brown ale. Toffee, caramel aromas/flavor with a brown sugar, vanilla and charred oak finish.” There are only 3 half barrels of this beer and I’m sure they won’t last long. Afternoon Envy will be tapped at 6 PM in the Sinema Lounge and Chef Kyle Patterson will offer a few menu items to pair with the beer. There also will be an Afternoon Envy/Angel’s Envy Boilermaker special.  This is inspiring, as I’ve been supporting the idea of Brandon Jones Boilermakers for some time now. You know y’all want rare barrel aged beer. Go get it.

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Preds Beer Fest Ticket Giveaway

If you are anything like me, you are already ready for the Predators to drop the puck in Ocrober. In the meantime, you can keep the Preds excitement rolling at Saturday’s 5th annual Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival presented by Orca Coolers. From 3PM to 7PM, Bridgestone Arena will be home to one of Nashville’s best beer festivals featuring games, live entertainment, and unlimited samples from nearly 70 breweries. Usually this event hangs their hat on being out of the heat, but being indoors will certainly come in handy this weekend with Tropical Storm Cindy moving into the area. Saturday will be absolutely perfect for day drinking the day away indoors.

Our friends at Lipman Brothers have offered Tennessee Maltz a pair of tickets to give away to this unique event. There are a few ways to enter the giveaway. You can simply comment below or you can head over to our Instagram for additional chances to win. We will choose a winner at noon CST on Friday, June 23rd and notify the winner soon thereafter. If you don’t ever win anything, tickets are available for purchase here.  Proceeds of the festival benefit The Nashville Predators Foundation which supports local non-profits, so come out and celebrate the Western Conference Champions at “the coolest beer fest in town”.

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Blackberry Farm Brewery Tasting and Canapés at Husk Nashville – Wednesday

On Wednesday, June 21st, the skilled zymurgists of Blackberry Farm Brewery are bringing their liquid offerings west to celebrate the first day of Summer at Husk Nashville. The event begins at 6:30 with a welcome cocktail featuring BFB’s Pineapple/Mango Brett Fruit Blend described by Head Bartender Mike Wolf as: “Calibogus! Basically the first beer cocktail ever created! Pineapple rum, lime, hoodoo chicory liqueur, tarragon.” Then, Sorghum Saison, 2017 Noble Cuvee Dry Hop Saison, 2017 Barrel Series Flanders, and the new Yazoo/Embrace the Funk collaboration, Peel Your Face IPA, will all be paired with canapés from Executive Sous Chef Nate Leonard and the exceptional team at Husk. Ali Besten of Mississippi’s Cathead Distillery will also be on hand representing their outstanding vodka. As an added bonus, everyone in attendance will leave with a gorgeous piece of Blackberry Farm Brewery stemmed glassware. Advance tickets are available for $60 (gratuity included) by emailing events@husknashville.com. This will undoubtedly be a wonderful evening of inspired Tennessee craft beer and cuisine not to be missed.

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Finally, a recipe: Asian Style Pork Burgers

When I first started throwing around the idea of having a blog, I always thought that posting recipes would be a large part of what I did. People have always asked me for the recipes of dishes that I cooked. I would either shoot them an email or text and be done with it. So I thought the blog would be a great way to share recipes with more people, without having to do much more work. Well, here we are 5 months in and I haven’t posted the first recipe.

Luckily, my old buddy Tom Turner asked for a recipe on Instagram last week and it inspired me to actually post one for the first time. As many of you know, I do a lot of the cooking in my family these days. My wife is a wonderful cook, but her job doesn’t offer her the flexibility to get dinner started at a decent hour. I will cook pretty much anything and in every way, but I love to grill. I grill on a Weber performer and I only use lump charcoal, but we will delve into both of those decisions at a later date.

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Many of the dishes we cook come from cookbooks that we have collected, family recipe scribbled on pads and notecards, and a little bit of creative licence. We also have a subscription to Cooking Light, where we get many of the recipes that we make. In addition to those sources, we often use the great cookbook that is Google. My sister-in-law, Leslie Severns, gave us some ground pork from Dowelltown’s Creekbend Farm and I dug up this old recipe from Food and Wine. I did make sliders instead of full size burgers, simply because my kids are more like to finish a slider. And they did just that. Since they weren’t full sized patties, I just cooked them for a minute or two less. This recipe is super easy and delicious. Give it a try!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. In a large bowl, mix the pork with the scallions, ginger, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Form the meat into four 3/4-inch thick patties.
    2. Grill the burgers, turning once, until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Lightly toast the buns on the grill.
    3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the coleslaw mix with the rice vinegar, soy sauce and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set the burgers on the buns, top with the slaw and serve.

SERVE WITH

Sriracha and mayonnaise.

(Source: Melissa Rubel Jacobson, Food and Wine, August 2012)

Shift Beers with Nicky’s Coal Fired’s Tony Galzin

For the second post in our Shift Beer series, I

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reached out to my friend Tony Galzin of Nicky’s Coal Fired in Nashville’s The Nations neighborhood. I first met Tony and his wonderful wife, Caroline, when he was working as the pastry chef at Flyte, about 5 years ago.  I was immediately drawn to the Galzins’ love for and knowledge of beer. This was rare to see in Nashville’s dining scene, at that point. That passion combined with Tony’s love of fishing pretty much sealed the deal on our relationship.  It has been truly inspiring to watch the Galzins grow from their Sycamore and Deli House pop-ups, to the highly successful 51st Kitchen, and now on to Nicky’s Coal Fired. Since opening in December of 2016, Nicky’s has been one of the hottest restaurants in all of #ITcity. I asked Tony to participate a few weeks ago and I posed the same Shift Beer questions to Tony that I did to Karl Worley:

 

  1. What is your most memorable beer experience?
  2. What is your desert island beer?

As I said before, I want this to be as easy and painless as possible. These chefs work crazy hours and I deeply appreciate their willingness to give me just a few minutes of their time. Here is what Tony had to say:

“My most memorable beer experience is the first Belgian beer I drank in Belgium.

After college, my friend Dim and I went backpacking through Europe. We spent like 2 weeks in Belgium at one of his friend’s house, because he had met a bunch of people during his summer internship in Brussels. This dude worked at a bar in Waterloo, and we went there the first night. It was a Kasteel Brune served in the Kasteel castle mug. I probably still have the label somewhere.

My desert island beer is not as fancy.

Modelo Especial with a lime and salt. I love Mexican beers!  Especially if the desert island has a beach.”

– Tony Galzin

 

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M.L.Rose The Great Horned Owl Release and Brew at the Zoo Giveaway

For the second year, our friends at M.L.Rose have collaborated with Jackalope Brewing Company to create a special beer to celebrate their sponsorship of Brew at the Zoo. The Great Horned Owl, a 6.0% ABV dunkelweiss dark wheat ale, will be tapped during release parties at M.L.Rose’s Melrose (2535 8th Ave S #107, Nashville, TN 37204) and Sylvan Park (4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209) locations on Thursday, June 1st from 3-6 PM.  M.L.Rose will be giving away Jackalope swaGreat Horned Owl Tapping Party 2017_Social Media[6372]g, as well as a pair of tickets to Friday’s 6th Annual Brew at The Zoo presented by M.L.Rose.  This event is a great way to see the ever expanding Nashville Zoo and enjoy some outstanding beers on what is shaping up to be a fantastic evening.

Tennessee Maltz has also received a copy of M.L.Rose’s new Summer Beer Menu.  M.L.Rose has always had one of the most well cultivated lists in Nashville and this edition certainly lives up to that reputation. There are some great offerings for the hopheads, including the highly sought after Homestyle from Germantown’s Bearded Iris Brewing. For the DFH fans, there’s 60 Minute IPA in the bottle, 90 Minute IPA on draft, and a keg of 120 Minute IPA that will be tapped at a later date. Beyond these great hop forward beers, M.L.Rose truly has something for every beer drinker. Take a look at the new beer menu here.

In addition BATZto the 2 pairs of tickets being given away a tomorrow’s The Great Horned Owl release parties, Tennessee Maltz is also giving away a pair of tickets to Friday’s Brew at the Zoo presented by M.L.Rose.  With animals, live music, and some of Nashville’s finest food trucks, this is always one of the year’s best events. It’s organized by our good friend Matt Leff of Rhizome Productions, so you know it will run smoothly and feature the best beers and breweries. As I mentioned earlier, the Nashville Zoo is always in a state of improvement and many new exhibits have been added recently. There’s really nothing like roaming around the zoo with your friends and some great beers. There are a few ways to enter the giveaway. You can simply comment below or head over to our Instagram for additional chances to win. We will give away the tickets at noon CST on Friday, June 2nd and email them to the winner soon thereafter. Thank you to M.L.Rose for graciously offering the tickets. If you don’t have good luck, tickets are still available for purchase here. Whatever you do, just don’t miss this unique craft beer event. Cheers!

 

 

East Nashville Crawfish Bash – TODAY

If you are still looking for something to do on this Memorial Day Saturday, head over to East Park for the 3rd Annual East Nashville Crawfish Bash. Crawfish season is quickly coming to an end, so this may be your last chance for mudbugs in 2017. The crawfish are being provided by Sehrt Seafood, but other food truck options will be available. Also, Pickers Vodka and Yazoo Brew are bringing their delicious liquids, so you know there will be plenty to go around.

Admission to the event is free, but there are some VIP packages available that include guaranteed crawfish and discounted beer throughout the day. For the kids, the Bash will include a bounce house, face painting, and a bubble area. The party starts at 11AM and will go into the evening. Palaver Records has some great live music lined up, with Alana Royale headlining at 5PM. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

12pm – The Medium
1pm – Waterfall Wash
2pm – Sad Baxter
3pm – Harpooner
4pm – Tristen
5pm – Alanna Royale
6pm – Charlie Whitten
7pm – Little Bandit

So, forget the pool or lake on this overcast day and come meet me at East Park. We’re headed over early. It should be a great day and a wonderful way to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Cheers!

ENCB